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What is a throat infection?

Throat infection, also known as sore throat or pharyngitis, is caused by either bacteria or virus. Throat infection, or sore throat, usually occurs more often in people with weak immune systems.

This infection is categorized by inflammation, redness, swelling, soreness, pus, or pain in the throat, which makes swallowing difficult. The infection may also cause tonsillitis.

Bacterial or viral throat infections are usually contagious and can quickly spread from one person to another. Usually, a viral infection can recover on its own within a week, while bacterial infections may take time to recover with conservative methods or medications.

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Best healthcare center for throat infections in India

Best healthcare center for throat infections in India

Pristyn Care is one of the most reputed and trusted healthcare centers in India that provides the best throat infection treatment across India at cost-effective prices. We are associated with more than 800 hospitals across all of India’s main cities to make quality throat infection treatment accessible to the maximum people. Our ENT surgeons are highly skilled and have several years of experience in providing throat infection treatments. 

Our clinics and partnered hospitals have cutting-edge equipment and excellent infrastructure. Along with the surgical procedure, we also provide other services like free consultations, insurance assistance, No cost EMI offers, and other facilities. Reach out to Pristyn Care to get effective treatment for throat infection. 

What are the treatments for throat infections?

What are the treatments for throat infections?

A throat infection can be caused due to a variety of reasons. The treatment may vary on the basis of severity and type of infection. Initially, it can be treated with conservative methods or medications. Some conservative methods to treat throat infections are mentioned below:

  • Antibiotics are the primary and most effective treatment for throat infections caused by bacteria.
  • Besides reducing fever and relieving cough, an over-the-counter drug may be prescribed to help treat bacterial throat infections.

Throat infection caused by the virus will eventually get well on its own. However, the following actions could be taken into consideration in order to quicken the process:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Use warm salt water to gargle.
  • Don’t consume alcohol and avoid smoking.
  • Take cough syrup or pills to calm the throat. 
  • Soup and other warm beverages, such as tea, can help with sore throat discomfort.

Surgical treatment for throat infections

Surgical treatment for throat infections

Following are the most common surgical treatments for a throat infection: 

  • Tonsillectomy: If you have recurrent tonsillitis, which is associated with high fever, sore throat, fever, muscle pain, etc, your surgeon might recommend a tonsillectomy. It can be performed by various methods i.e. 
  • Radiofrequency tonsillectomy
  • Harmonic scalpel tonsillectomy
  • Electrocautery or cauterization tonsillectomy
  • Cold knife dissection tonsillectomy. 
  • Adenoidectomy: If your adenoids are infected or swollen, your doctor may suggest an adenoidectomy. This process is very similar to tonsillectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the infected adenoids. This is an outpatient procedure and you can get discharged on the same day. 
  • Thyroidectomy: It (Thyroid surgery) is done to remove the thyroid glands to treat the conditions of thyroid cancers, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, severe thyroid inflammation, etc.
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): It is a surgical procedure to treat sleep apnea caused by a throat infection. Sometimes, it is combined with tonsillectomy. 
  • Uvulectomy: When the uvula gets infected or swollen and causes breathing difficulties, the doctor suggests uvulectomy. It is a surgical procedure to remove an infected uvula.

How to prepare for throat infection surgery?

How to prepare for throat infection surgery?

All throat infection surgeries require some preparation. Being prepared for the surgery helps keep you calm during the procedure. We have outlined some suggestions to help you prepare for your throat infection surgery: 

  • You should avoid taking any kind of inflammatory medicines also known as NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, warfarin, aspirin etc. These medicines can increase the chances of excessive bleeding during the surgery. 
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything for up to 8 hours before the surgery. 
  • Take all your medicines on time, without fail. 
  • Stop using any herbal supplements, such as ginseng and ginger.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol and give up smoking.
  • Ensure that the ENT specialist is well-informed of your medical history, genetic conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders, etc.
  • Make sure you bring an attendant along with you.
  • Keep all the necessary paperwork handy including identification documents, insurance papers, etc. 
  • For the time you will be recovering, plan your chores accordingly.

How to recover after throat infection surgery?

How to recover after throat infection surgery?

Here are a few suggestions that can help boost your recovery after throat infection surgery: 

  • Get enough sleep; it will boost your recovery.
  • To prevent swelling and keep your throat moisturized, drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid eating things that are hard since they might scrape the surgical site and cause difficulty following the treatment. Examples include nuts, maize, and fried foods.
  • Eat soft, healthful meals that are simple to swallow, such as mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables, ice cream, boiled eggs, bananas, avocados, yogurt, cottage cheese, and pudding.
  • Take good care of your wounds and take your medicines on time.
  • Do not miss your post-surgery follow ups with the ENT specialist. 
  • Long-distance travel should be avoided for at least two weeks. If it’s important, it’s essential to speak with your surgeon regarding the same. 

What are the preventive measures for throat infections?

What are the preventive measures for throat infections?

The following lifestyle modifications can reduce your chance of getting a bacterial or viral throat infection: 

  • After using the toilet, coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after being in public places, wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Employ proper coughing and sneezing techniques, including using tissues or handkerchiefs or using your upper arm while coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid sharing food with an infected person.
  • Keep your home and workspace neat and clean to avoid infections. 
  • Take proper care of your sinuses and take adequate treatment. 
  • Take correct allergy management measures
  • Avoid smoking or sharing cigarettes with someone.
  • Use a humidifier to keep the air moist

Risks and complications associated with throat infection surgery

Risks and complications associated with throat infection surgery

Throat infection surgeries are generally quite safe. However, they still accompany some risks. Listed below are some of the risks of throat infection surgery:

  • Ear and sinus infection 
  • Severe cough
  • Body pain
  • High fever
  • Soreness 
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Nausea or vomiting

FAQs about throat infection and treatment

What is cost of throat surgery in India?

Generally, the cost of throat surgery ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 90,000. However, several factors can affect the total cost of surgery, including:

  • Severity of the infection
  • Severity of the symptoms
  • Additional treatments and surgeries being performed
  • Post-surgery care
  • Surgeon’s experience and fees
  • Cost of diagnostic tests
  • Insurance coverage

Consult with the best ENT surgeon at Pristyn Care and get the estimated cost of throat infection surgery.

What are the home remedies to cure throat infections?

Some proven home remedies to cure throat infections are:

  • Drink plenty of warm fluids like soup, tea
  • Gargle with warm water and table salt
  • Lemon to boost immune system 
  • Use humidifier at home to open the sinus
  • Take ginger or honey tea
Does throat infection always need surgical treatment?

If a virus has caused the throat infection, it can go away within 4 to 5 days. Whereas, if bacteria has caused the infection, it may take a week or 10 days to get better. 

How can I check my throat at home?

Just ahead of the large muscle that runs diagonally from your ear to your collarbone, try to feel your lymph nodes using your thumb, index, and middle fingers. The swelling of your nodes indicates that you are infected.

Can a throat infection stay for months?

Yes. A throat infection is deemed chronic when a painful throat persists for more than three months. Allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air, and stretched vocal cords are common causes of a persistent sore throat. Sometimes, a painful throat might be brought on by a more serious ailment, such as a tumor or HIV.

How serious is a throat infection?

If it is left untreated, it can lead to various complications like kidney inflammation, rheumatic fever, etc. High fever can lead to painful joints, heart-related problems, etc.

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